From Trip Leader, Melissa Wight
January 9 – 15, 2016
Nineteen St. Bernards in Snowmass
A feisty group of St. Bernards headed off to Snowmass, some flying from San Antonio, some having other travel arrangements. All but 3 of us met in Denver, where we took a scenic bus ride to our final destination. Joe and Kathy DeMott, having some last minute family details in Salt Lake City, hitched a ride with Joanna Wolf. Thanks Joanna! We were sad that Doc Blanchard had to bow out at the last minute.
Many of us enjoyed the luxury of using Black Tie Ski Rentals. Wow, great service and they bring the equipment right to you! No need to get to the store and wait in line. Try it if you rent.
A new thing I’ve never seen from a resort before is that our two non-skiers, Betty Ann Adams and Jose Trabal, were given gift cards that allowed them to go to one of the listed restaurants for a meal (since they couldn’t get to the on the mountain luncheon) and a free ticket to ride one of several lifts.
Pancho Malakoff and Judy Godinez had multiple local friends they were happy to be able to ski and visit. Pancho wasn’t able to ski the last day, having realized that doing it was making a prior injury worse. Just let it heal. They were both great fun to get to know!
We enjoyed seeing Brittany Koone on a trip again and it was great to meet some new people. Iven and Sue Rathbone as well as Sonny Hurtado are welcome additions to the club! And while they aren’t exactly brand new, it was my first time to meet Bruce and Ann Walker.
As usual, there are always a few “adventures” on a trip. One such story involves Ann Trabal. One day, after skiing, she couldn’t remove her boots so she called Jose, who was in Aspen. He told her to call either the Black Tie folks or the front desk of the hotel. She did. After the gentleman removed Ann’s boots, Jose arrived back to find them with boots off and sipping wine. As Judy Godinez said, at least they weren’t smoking a cigarette. Hmmmm.
Apparently, the folks in Condo 901 had some adventures of their own. Morning meals were interesting. Morning meals were great, although between Joe’s tendency to flash-fry bacon and JB’s fried potatoes and fabulous crepes, the front desk came to expect our smoke alarm to go off at least once daily.
Tom Trimble and Sonny Hurtado went to Aspen one evening and met Jewell. They enjoyed that. And Brittany Koone found the biggest plate of nachos she’s ever seen.
We all enjoyed the skiing! Who wouldn’t, with the beautiful views and lots of terrain? However, Norma Jean and Sonny managed to crash into each other with only 3 people on the entire slope. Renee Johnson went out without a sweater and returned after one (very cold) run. Joe skied from lift-open to close, as is his habit, although during the coldest snowy day he stopped at the condo to warm his bones and (quite literally) thaw out his beard and mustache.
Joanna made her famous lasagna for our club dinner. Everyone enjoyed it! Thanks, girl, great job. We all met in our condo and laughed and visited the whole evening. So much fun!
Race day saw our racers do very well. John Bearor did a wonderful job as Race Director. Thanks! Club St. Bernard came in second in Division 3. We were only a few points apart. Several individuals received medals. Joanna Wolf placed first in her age group while Norma Jean and Judy placed first and second respectively in theirs. Sonny Hurtado placed first in his group while Kip Kiplin placed third in his. Way to go racers!
Our race medalists!
After a fun evening at the final banquet, to which even Ray Wolford came (thanks for going, Ray!), we all made it home safely, so we are thankful. The trip was wonderful. Perhaps next time you’ll go with us.
Judy… tree hugger?
Tom’s ready to “GoPro”!
Shopping/Dining in Aspen
Joe’s entertaining again!
Fun with St. Bernards on skis!